Maximising the Value for Monday of donor investments is vital to ensuring the outcomes and impact promised by programmes, and therefore critical to delivering inclusive growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. In 2016 ICED co-developed a series of ‘How-To’ guides setting out succinct, easy-to-follow advice on how to deliver Value for Money with a focus on infrastructure programming. This article summarises how donors can use cost indicators at each stage of the infrastructure investment lifecycle to improve VFM, and empower programme donors to work with implementing partners to collect the necessary data to do so.